We are happy to report that a horse belonging to our Teaneck neighbor, Mr. Zayat, has placed (second) at the race. It's the second time that a Zayat horse has come in second. That is a darned good record.
Here are some things that the Daily Racing Form have said just now about Zayat in a biographical background article, "Kentucky Derby: Zayat knows the ups and downs":
Zayat is one of the most fascinating people in racing... Though born in Egypt, he is Jewish, and is so observant that during Passover, for instance, there were days he would not return calls, owing to religious custom. He is a passionate racing fan, not just as an owner, but as a bettor. Four summers ago, after a dustup with Del Mar management over its installation of Polytrack, Zayat took his horses out of there, but Del Mar's management was equally concerned about him leaving the area and not putting his money through the windows.We wish Zayat the best; Next year in the winner's circle.
Married with a wife and four children, Zayat's interest in racing has rubbed off on his family, particularly his oldest son, Justin, who has been at his father's side in the stable area this week. In addition to being at the Derby, they were heading over to Lexington this week to visit Eskenderaya, Pioneerof the Nile, and Zensational, former runners who are standing at stud in Kentucky....